Poison in the Well Song Lyrics

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Tell me what's gone wrong. I tilt my head there, under the faucet, but when I turn it on -- dry as paper. Call the neighbors. Who's to blame for what's going on? In the dark without a clue I'm just the same as you.
O, they tell us there's poison in the well, that someone's been a bit untidy and there's been a small spill. Not a lot, no, just a drop. But there you are mistaken, you know you are. I wonder just how long they knew our well was poisoned but they let us just drink on.
O, they tell us there's poison in the well, that someone's been a bit untidy and there's been a small spill. All that it amounts to is a tear in a salted sea. Someone's been a bit untidy, they'll have it cleaned up in a week. But the week is over and now it's grown into years since I was told that I should be calm, there's nothing to fear here. But I drank that water for years, my wife and my children.
Tell me, where to now, if your fight for a bearable life can be fought and lost in you backyard? O, don't tell us there's poison in the well, that someone's been a bit untidy, that there's been a small spill. All that it amounts to is a tear in a salted sea. Someone's been a bit untidy, they'll have it cleaned up in a week.

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Eat for Two
  • 2 Please Forgive Us
  • 3 The Big Parade
  • 4 Trouble Me
  • 5 You Happy Puppet
  • 6 Headstrong
  • 7 Poison in the Well
  • 8 Dust Bowl
  • 9 The Lion’s Share
  • 10 Hateful Hate
  • 11 Jubilee


  • credits


    album: Track 7 in album Blind Man’s Zoo
    release date: 1989-5-16
    popularity : 53 users have visited this page.
    length: 3:09
    producer: Peter Asher
    drums: Jerome Augustyniak
    piano: Dennis Drew
    vocal: Natalie Merchant
    engineer: Frank Filipetti
    guitars: Robert Buck
    organ: Dennis Drew
    bass guitar: Steven Gustafson
    assistant engineer: Dave Cook, Dennice Brown and Jeff Abikzer
    composer: Dennis Drew
    lyricist: Natalie Merchant

    Album Information

    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075596081528
    script: Latin